Katie's Diary

Why I choose to work in social care

19th May 2015

Leon Scott has got the world at his feet. Literally.

The 28-year-old is a successful semi-professional footballer, a model, and a bit of an Adonis in the North East.

He’s got more than 8,000 followers on Twitter who admire him not just for his football skills and his physique, but for the fact that he is a young man dedicated to making a difference in the world. To see Leon truly at his best, you have to look beyond the pitch, past the pages of a glossy men’s magazine, and over to a leafy, residential street in Middlesbrough. 

Leon works as an Enabler; a specialist support worker for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs – helping people to live with greater independence and active lives. He works for ubu, an organisation unique in its values and philosophy; ubu believes all people are capable of great things and should be given the same opportunities in life to learn, grow, contribute and thrive. Vulnerable people like Kevin and Jimmy.

Leon joined ubu a couple of years ago and says while football will always be his number one passion, and modelling is great fun and enables him to see a bit of the world, he is truly happiest these days working for ubu. Like most of ubu’s amazing staff, Leon cares deeply about his enabling work. He goes that extra mile time after time, as evidenced by his dedication to working with the people he serve’s such as Kevin and Jimmy.

Leon has supported and enabled Kevin to discover achievable ways to improve his diet by making healthy choices and finding ways to enjoy exercise by going to the gym together. Leon doesn’t just go with Kevin to the gym but also to social events as well.

 “I’ve got a great relationship with both Kevin and Jimmy. It really is rewarding for me seeing them happy and enjoying life.  We work together as a team. I enable and support them to go wherever they want, so Jimmy attends college for example where he is working on a catering course. It is wonderful to be able to encourage him in realising his dream of being a chef in the future”

“While I’d like to think I’ve helped the people ubu serves develop as individuals I have to say they have helped me to grow too and made me realise what is important in life,” says Leon who has strong connections with Yorkshire – where our hub is based – because he used to play for Harrogate Town and Whitby.

He would encourage other individuals to work in the social care sector and is grateful to ubu for giving him the opportunity.

“Just like Kevin and Jimmy, I’m achieving my goals on several fronts but the ones I score for ubu have far greater meaning in my life than any I could ever score on the football pitch.” 

Why I choose to work in social care

 I decide what matters to me. ubu help and teach me to make my future happen 

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